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Talking Tom and Friends
Talking Tom and Friends logo.svg
Logo of the franchise
Created by Outfit7
Original work Video game series
Owner Outfit7
Films and television
Animated series
Games
Video game(s) Talking Tom and Friends
Miscellaneous
Toys
  • Talking Tom
  • Talking Ben
  • Superstar Toys

Talking Tom and Friends is a media franchise created and owned by Outfit7 Limited. The franchise focuses on various mobile apps involving anthropomorphic animal characters repeating things said by the user. As of January 2017, the apps have achieved more than 5.9 billion downloads.[1]

Characters[edit]

  • Tom is a gray tabby cat and title character of the franchise.[2] Tom is a wisecracking, adventure-seeking cat, described as the "world's most popular cat."[3] In his app, he is a fully animated interactive 3D character that users can tickle, poke and play with in the apps. Users can also get Tom to repeat what they say.[4] The original Talking Tom Cat app was launched in July 2010 for iOS, closely followed by Talking Tom 2 in 2011.
  • Angela is a love interest of Tom in the series.[5] She is a stylish kitty with a love of travel and singing; Angela's chart-topping YouTube music videos have racked up millions of views.[6] Angela has also appeared in other apps in Outfit7's flagship entertainment franchise: Tom's Love Letters and Tom Loves Angela.
  • Ginger is a seven-year-old mischievous, fun-loving kitten and the nephew of Talking Tom. [7]
  • Ben is a brown dog who is described in his Talking Ben the Dog app as "a grumpy dog and chemistry professor". He enjoys working in the lab and the player can tickle him and make him do phone calls, or retreat to the lab where he does experiments that sometimes explodes. [8][9]
  • Hank is a blue-and-white dog with a love of TV with a fiery passion. He is Tom's roommate and fan and Ginger's role model. In the Christmas special for the television series, he says he prefers that his name be pronounced in French as "Honk". He has seen every sitcom made from years 1986 to 1994.

Video games[edit]

Release Game[10] Genre Description
2010 Talking Tom Cat [11][12]
2011 Talking Ben the Dog [13][14]
2011 Talking Tom 2 [15]
2011 Talking Tom and Ben News Interact with Tom and Ben as they repeat the user's words as news anchors.[14][16]
2011 Talking Pierre Interact with Pierre the Parrot, who also makes up his own sentences and plays guitar riffs.[17]
2012 Tom's Love Letters Picture making Users design Valentine cards with pictures of Tom and Angela and custom text.[18]
2012 Tom Loves Angela [19]
2012 Talking Ginger Focuses on the bedtime skills and habits.[20][21]
2012 Talking Angela Interact with Angela in the city of Paris.[22][23]
2013 Talking Ginger 2 Interact with Ginger on his birthday. The app was originally titled "Ginger's Birthday" until April 2014. [24]
2013 My Talking Tom Virtual pet This interactive app sees users raise their very own Tom from a kitten to a fully-grown tomcat,[25] caring for him and customizing his fur, clothes and home.[26]
2014 My Talking Angela Virtual pet [27]
2015 Talking Tom Jetski Endless Runner Tom and Angela ride on Jetski's and ride on the water. [28]
2015 Talking Tom Bubble Shooter Bubble shooter A Puzzle Bobble based game with Talking Tom, Talking Angela and Talking Hank, who makes his debut in the Talking Tom apps after appearing for the first time in the Talking Tom & Friends show. [29]
2016 Talking Tom Gold Run Endless Runner An endless runner game where Tom or Angela (and later Ginger, Hank and Ben) must try and retrieve gold. [30][31]
2017 My Talking Hank Virtual pet [32][33]

Webisodes[edit]

Talking Friends[edit]

Talking Friends was the first Talking Tom animated web series. It was produced by Disney Interactive Studios, and ran on YouTube from June 8 to August 31, 2012 for 10 episodes.

No. Title Runtime Release date Ref
TF1 "Attack of the Tech!"   June 8, 2012 (2012-06-08)  
Tom and Ben's robot goes out of control attacking their cars and homes. However, This does not make Pierre feel amused.
TF2 "Foolf"   June 15, 2012 (2012-06-15)  
Ben gets inspiration of mixing golf and football together.
TF3 "Jet Pack Cat"   June 22, 2012 (2012-06-22)  
Ginger wants to ride Tom's jetpack but Tom says no. When Ginger tries to make Gina ride the jetpack, the jetpack crashes and breaks.
TF4 "Newserator"   June 29, 2012 (2012-06-29)  
Ben creates the Newserator 2000, but all it does is give news. Later, Tom and Ben decide to destroy the robot. Pierre suddenly destroys it by throwing a tomato at it.
TF5 "Rock the Catsbah"   July 6, 2012 (2012-07-06)  
Angela needs to get an idea for her rock star club. Later, Tom, Ben, Ginger and Pierre come up with an idea.
TF6 "Shake that Tail"   August 3, 2012 (2012-08-03)  
Ben wants to try out his idea, but Tom instead comes up with just a party.
TF7 "Multipli-Kitty"   August 10, 2012 (2012-08-10)  
Ben has a gadget that can duplicate anything. Tom gets too greedy when he wants to clone himself.
TF8 "Super Tom"   August 17, 2012 (2012-08-17)  
Ben uses his super power maker when everyone wants superpowers. Later, their armadillo accidentally touches the device, making him gigantic.
TF9 "Angry Parrots"   August 24, 2012 (2012-08-24)  
Pierre gets too focused on his game, thinking his friends are the zombies.
TF10 "Tom After Tom"   August 31, 2012 (2012-08-31)  
Ben uses his time machine elevator for everyone to choose their favorite station in the 50's, 80's, 60's, 20's. Angela's 20's station gets everyone bored since it's black and white, so Ben gives up.

Talking Tom and Friends[edit]

Outfit7 Limited launched an animated series called Talking Tom and Friends in 2015, based on the antics of Talking Tom and his Friends. The show is produced by the Austrian animation-studio 'arx anima'.


Talking Tom Shorts[edit]

Talking Tom Shorts is an ongoing web series. Unlike the TV series, the characters do not have dialogue. It was released to YouTube starting March 13, 2014.

No. Title Runtime Release date Ref
S1 "Red Alert"   March 13, 2014 (2014-03-13)  
The hand does not take it seriously when Tom needs to use the bathroom.
S2 "Whack-A-Mouse"   March 27, 2014 (2014-03-27)  
Tom fights over cheese against robot mice.
S3 "Aerobics"   April 10, 2014 (2014-04-10)  
Tom teaches other cats how to exercise and do yoga. But since no cats are paying attention, Tom quits.
S4 "Potions"   April 24, 2014 (2014-04-24)  
Ben's potions are complicated to cats, even if they're dangerous or safe.
S5 "Lights Out"   May 8, 2014 (2014-05-08)  
A cat in the corner will help the hand annoy Tom.
S6 "Round 1"   May 22, 2014 (2014-05-22)  
Tom fights Tom.
S7 "Cans"   July 17, 2014 (2014-07-17)  
The hand comes back, and disturbs Tom's relaxing time.
S8 "Flappy Tom"   August 1, 2014 (2014-08-01)  
Tom acts like the Flappy Bird game, flying around and running into pipes.
S9 "Hat Troubles"   August 14, 2014 (2014-08-14)  
Tom tries out a bunch of his cats, but they fly away in the wind.
S10 "Be Serious"   August 28, 2014 (2014-08-28)  
Tom tries out a bunch of his cats, but they fly away in the wind.
S11 "Makeover Madness"   September 11, 2014 (2014-09-11)  
S12 "Who's the Boss?!"   November 13, 2014 (2014-11-13)  
S13 "Cookie War"   February 26, 2015 (2015-02-26)  
S14 "My Turn!"   March 26, 2015 (2015-03-26)  
S15 "Operation Opera"   June 11, 2015 (2015-06-11)  
S16 "Bubble for Bubble"   August 6, 2015 (2015-08-06)  
S17 "Art of Packing"   August 27, 2015 (2015-08-27)  
S18 "Attack of the Bookworm"   September 11, 2015 (2015-09-11)  
S19 "Super Suction"   November 12, 2015 (2015-11-12)  
Tom uses a suction cup in his bathroom making everything go inside it, even Tom. When Angela releases the items, She is mad at Tom for messing up the bathroom.
S20 "Hit the Road"   February 11, 2016 (2016-02-11)  
Tom and Angela hit the road and have to be careful of obstacles. However Tom and Angela are both laughing when their faces get messed up.
S21 "Helping Hand"   April 14, 2016 (2016-04-14)  
Tom and Angela are chased by the Hand when it goes overboard of giving them food. Luckily, Hank saves the day.
S22 "Power Pirates"   May 26, 2016 (2016-05-26)  
Tom and Angela battle each other as pirates, but they are interrupted by a bomb from Hank.
S23 "Save Me!"   July 7, 2016 (2016-07-07)  
Angela is having a fun time dancing but Hank is getting in the way, so Angela tries to use various things to get rid of him.
S24 "Wake Up"   August 25, 2016 (2016-08-25)  
Angela doesn't want to get up, no matter what disturbs her
S25 "Sticky Jellies"   October 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)  
Angela's making a cake for Tom, but things get sticky pretty quickly
S26 "What Should Angela Wear?"   November 10, 2016 (2016-11-10)  
Angela has a hard time figuring out what to wear for a date
S27 "Hank's Glasses"   December 21, 2016 (2016-12-21)  
When Hank cannot see the television clearly, he tries on many different pairs of glasses, none of which work.
S28 "Tangled in Space (Planet Hop)"   December 28, 2016 (2016-12-28)  
Tom and Hank are floating in space, and Tom is trying to capture a star to give to Angela.
S29 "Piano Battle"   February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09)  
Tom and Hank compete in a piano playing video game.
S30 "The Apple Up the Rock"   March 9, 2017 (2017-03-09)  
S31 "Balloon Battle"   April 6, 2017 (2017-04-06)  
S32 "The Last Cereal (Shopping Drift)"   May 4, 2017 (2017-05-04)  
S33 "The Final Sticker"   May 25, 2017 (2017-05-25)  
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Talking Tom and Friends Minis[edit]

Minis is an animated web series featuring Talking Tom and his friends. The characters are presented in 2d cartoons, and without any particular language dialogue. It is developed and produced by Outfit7 and Plenus.[34][35]

No. Title Directed by Written by Runtime Release date Ref
M1 "The Big Move" Minjolli Hyewon Kwon 3:56 March 3, 2016 (2016-03-03) [34]
Tom and his friends move into a new apartment.
M2 "A Rough Start" TBA TBA 3:33 March 17, 2016 (2016-03-17) [36]
The friends don't have a good morning as they planned.
M3 "Boy Meets Girl" TBA TBA TBA March 31, 2016 (2016-03-31) TBA
Tom wants to meet Angela outside, but must wait in the cold for her to get ready.
M4 "The Perfect Dress" TBA TBA TBA May 5, 2016 (2016-05-05) TBA
Angela orders a dress, but it seems to take forever.
M5 "Spring Date" TBA TBA TBA May 19, 2016 (2016-05-19) TBA
When Tom and Angela go for a picnic, the two have a strange day.
M6 "Part Time Job" TBA TBA   June 2, 2016 (2016-06-02)  
Talking Tom's job in the cafeteria is exhausting, but his friends come to visit him and cheer him up.
M7 "Camping Trip" TBA TBA   June 16, 2016 (2016-06-16)  
There's nothing better than time on the open road. Unless your car runs out of gas!
M8 "Fortune Cookies" TBA TBA   June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30)  
Talking Tom and Talking Angela get very different predictions from their fortune cookies
M9 "Tom's Sick Day" TBA TBA   July 14, 2016 (2016-07-14)  
Talking Angela's angry because Talking Tom stood her up for their date. But what would make him do that?
M10 "A Big Thank You" TBA TBA   July 28, 2016 (2016-07-28)  
Talking Tom's surprise to Talking Angela doesn't go according to plan.
M11 "Workout Time" TBA TBA   August 11, 2016 (2016-08-11)  
M12 "Tom's New Love" TBA TBA   August 25, 2016 (2016-08-25)  
Talking Tom loves his new game "Talking Tom Gold Run" but it means he doesn't pay enough attention to Talking Angela. Will she forgive him?
M13 "Diet Plan" TBA TBA   September 8, 2016 (2016-09-08)  
Talking Angela thinks about going on a diet after weighing herself on the bathroom scale.
M14 "Horror Movie Night" TBA TBA   September 15, 2016 (2016-09-15)  
The gang get together to watch a horror movie.
M15 "Love is in the Air" TBA TBA   September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)  
Angela feels attracted to Tom when he starts doing housework.
M16 "Summer Heat" TBA TBA   September 28, 2016 (2016-09-28)  
The gang deal with a heatwave.
M17 "Micro Tom" TBA TBA   October 6, 2016 (2016-10-06)  
Tom is struck by lightning in a storm.
M18 "Messy Guests" TBA TBA   October 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)  
The gang visit Angela on her day off.
M19 "Underground Adventure" TBA TBA   October 20, 2016 (2016-10-20)  
When Talking Tom helps Talking Angela in the garden, they discover a hidden secret. Will they obey the signs and leave it alone? Or will they explore?
M20 "Angela's Lost Phone" TBA TBA   November 30, 2016 (2016-11-30)  
Tom tries to help Angela find her lost phone.
M21 "Camera Shy" TBA TBA   December 7, 2016 (2016-12-07)  
Tom has a habit of freezing up when he gets his photo taken. Angela tries to get Tom to pose nicely for a picture.
M22 "Lonely Boy Ginger"   December 14, 2016 (2016-12-14)  
Ginger feels lonely as his friends are all busy. Will the gang figure out that he's lonely and make it up to him?
M23 "The Lost Drone" TBA TBA   December 22, 2016 (2016-12-22)  
A drone malfunction leaves Ginger without his favorite toy. Will Ben be able to get it back for him?
M24 "New Year's Wishes" TBA TBA   December 29, 2016 (2016-12-29)  
It's almost New Year's Eve! The gang are getting ready to celebrate together. But will they meet up in time for the countdown to midnight?
M25 "Tom Against The Machine" TBA TBA   February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08)  
M26 "Cooking Contest" TBA TBA   February 15, 2017 (2017-02-15)  
M27 "Angela Can't Sleep" TBA TBA   February 22, 2017 (2017-02-22)  
M28 "Night of Shooting Stars" TBA TBA   March 1, 2017 (2017-03-01)  
M29 "Tom Needs Help" TBA TBA   March 8, 2017 (2017-03-08)  
M30 "Sneezing Tom and the Flower Festival" TBA TBA   April 19, 2017 (2017-04-19)  
M31 "Keep Away!" TBA TBA   April 26, 2017 (2017-04-26)  
M32 "Ginger Wants to Sleep" TBA TBA   May 3, 2017 (2017-05-03)  
M33 "Selfie Superstar" TBA TBA   May 10, 2017 (2017-05-10)  
M34 "Angela’s Pink Cake" TBA TBA   May 24, 2017 (2017-05-24)  

Other media[edit]

The Talking Tom and Friends brand has expanded beyond second screen entertainment in the years since its launch in 2010.[37] There is now branded merchandise, YouTube music videos,[6] an animated web series[38] and a 3D animated series.

Talking Tom and Talking Angela's music video for their single "You Get Me",[6] created in cooperation with Walt Disney Records/Hollywood Records, has received over 311 million views on YouTube as of March 2017. Talking Angela has also recorded her first solo song called ‘That's Falling in Love’.[39]

Talking Tom and Friends launched a range of interactive toys called Superstar in 2012. The plush toys talk and interact with multiple Talking Tom and Friends apps, as well as with each other, using an advanced voice recognition system.

Reception[edit]

My Talking Tom had over 11 million downloads and was the top games app in 135 countries worldwide within 10 days of its launch.[40][41]

Talking Tom was featured in the 2016 film Nine Lives.[42]

Awards[edit]

The My Talking Tom app won the award for "Best iPad Game: Kids, Education & Family" at the 2014 Tabby Awards, the global competition for the best tablet app.[43]

My Talking Tom was also voted the 2014 Tabby Award Users’ Choice favorite in two categories, "Best iPad Game: Kids, Education & Family" and "Best Android Game: Puzzle, Cards & Family".[44]

The Talking Tom and Talking Ben Talk Back plush toys won the Best Girls Licensed Toy award at the Australian Toy Association Awards in 2012.[45]

The Talking Tom and Friends' television series won Best Animated Series at the 2016 Cablefax Awards.[46] This announcement greenlit season 2 of the series in 2017.

See also[edit]

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